Printing: Is there any diff between Duane Reade, CVS and Walgreens?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Al Dykes, Aug 17, 2008.

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    Al Dykes Guest

    I need some prints. Since "going digital", I literally haven't printed
    a thing. I'm not asking about high-end printing, just a decent 8x10
    print from a well-exposed jpg file.

    I've never used "drug store" printing. I've got Duane Reade, CVS and
    Walgreens in the area. Is there any reason to pick one over the other?

    Might a really new store have more recent (meaning "better prints")
    equipment? A Walgreens just opened up here a few weeks ago.

    They are growing like mushrooms around here.
     
    Al Dykes, Aug 17, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    It would cost you about $10 to find out. Order an 8 x 10 of the same
    shot from each. You can do it online.
     
    tony cooper, Aug 17, 2008
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  3. Fer sher. It's not whether it's Duane Reade, CVS or Walgreens -- or
    Quik-Print -- or whatever. It depends on the expertise and skill of the
    gum-smacking, iPod-deafend teenager working in any give store -- and
    whether or not s/he continues to work there once you've made your
    choice...
     
    Allodoxaphobia, Aug 17, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    Is a human involved? I've ordered prints from Walgreen's and, as far
    as I can tell, all the human does is remove them from the machine.

    My daughter-in-law's parents live in Russia and do not have an
    Internet connection. I take a lot of pictures of the grandchildren
    and have 4 x 6 prints made to mail them to Russia. I've always been
    pleased with the prints for this purpose. While I can use my Epson
    printer, it's just as cheap and much faster to order on-line and pick
    them up in an hour or so. I've ordered a few 8 x 10s and they came
    out well.

    Ritz Camera is also good, but their location is not as convenient for
    me.

    Walgreen's is usually 19 cents for a 4 x 6, but sometimes they have a
    special that brings it down to 12 cents. An 8 x 10 is under $3.00.
     
    tony cooper, Aug 17, 2008
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    When I have more than a few I use YorkPhoto. I'm happy with the results,
    price is 10c per 4x6 or less when they have a special. Each print is
    carefully examined for color and adjustments made accordingly, would you
    expect anything less at 10c (or less) per print!!!!
    When I just have a couple I use the Kodak kiosk at CVS. I believe there
    is a little man inside who keeps an eye on quality but I've never
    actually seen him.

    Now to get real, these things are made by a machine costing god knows
    how much. Modern technology has enabled them to produce remarkably good
    results.

    For custom printing, where somebody will actually go beyond machine
    judgment try a local photo store for advice. I'm not sure what wedding
    photographers use but they would be a good source for advice.
    Dave Cohen
     
    Dave Cohen, Aug 17, 2008
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